Cures for belching are as close as your kitchen. Here are some kitchen remedies that can help curb burps.
Home Remedies From the Refrigerator
Ginger. Ginger tea can help relieve the need to belch. Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoon freshly grated gingerroot. Steep for 5 minutes, then drink. Or mix 1 teaspoon fresh ginger pulp with 1 teaspoon lime juice, and swallow after a meal.Lemon juice. This works whether it's fresh or from the bottle. Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 1 cup cool water. Drink it quickly after meals.
Papaya. One surefire way to cure belching can be found in the fruit drawer: papaya! It's full of an enzyme called papain that can get rid of whatever's causing that burp.
Yogurt. Eat some yogurt with live cultures (check the label) every day. It aids digestion.
Home Remedies From the Spice Rack
Many belching cures can be found in your spice rack. Here are a few remedies that just might squelch that belch:
Caraway. Eat some caraway seeds, straight or sprinkled on a salad. They calm the digestive tract.
Cumin. Roast equal amounts of cumin, fennel, and celery seed. Combine. After you eat, chew well about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the mixture, then chase it down with 1/3 cup of warm water.
Peppermint. Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoon dried peppermint. Steep for five minutes. Drink.
Belching may be natural, but you can limit your own moments of embarrassment by using the home remedies in this article.
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Linnea Lundgren has more than 12 years experience researching, writing, and editing for newspapers and magazines. She is the author of four books, including Living Well With Allergies.
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